After officially opening the new QD Store on the site of the former Co-op and town Post Office, the Mayor of Melton said he was pleased to see the large building in use again after laying vacant for 12 months.
Councillor David Wright, accompanied by wife Maureen, cut the ribbon at the discount retailer on Scalford Road yesterday (Thursday).
After declaring the business open, the Mayor said: “The store has created 34 new jobs which is very welcome news for the area and it has brought new life to premises that have been empty since the beginning of last year.
“We are sure QD Store will be a great addition to Melton Mowbray.”
The store sells a mix of discounted home, gardening and pet goods, as well as furniture, clothing and food.
It also includes a café and a garden centre within the 25,000 sq ft retail space, as well as parking for 85 cars.
QD Stores, which is a family-run chain of 45 retail outlets, made a donation to the Mayor’s charities, for Melton Community First Responders and the Melton and District branch of the Friends of Rainbows Hospice, to thank him for his time at the opening.
The company’s group CEO, Nick Rubins, said: “It was an honour to have the Mayor and Mayoress officially open our new store in Melton Mowbray.
“It has been very busy since we opened our doors at 9am yesterday and feedback from customers has been fantastic.
“We’re very pleased to be here in the town and look forward to bringing more fantastic value, excellent quality and ever-changing spectacular new deals to Melton Mowbray in the coming months.”
A range of family activities will be held at the new store over the weekend.
There will be a visit from Paw Patrol characters Skye and Chase, from the popular children’s TV show, from 10.30am to 2.30pm tomorrow (Saturday)
Face painting will be available between the same hours on Saturday and Sunday and there will also be ‘Meet the experts’ for gardening ideas and pet care advice, as well as product demonstrations and giveaways and a prize draw.